[ovs-dev] [PATCH] ofproto-dpif-upcall: Only call ovsrcu_postpone() on active actions

Eelco Chaudron echaudro at redhat.com
Thu Apr 19 11:24:06 UTC 2018

Currently, ovsrcu_postpone() is called even with a NULL argument,
i.e. when there is no data to be freed. This is causing additional
overhead because work is scheduled for the urcu thread. This change
avoids adding the postpone callback if no work needs to be done.

This especially helps for the OVS-DPDK case where the PMD threads
might no longer have to do a write() due to the latch_set(), and thus
saving a syscall.

Signed-off-by: Eelco Chaudron <echaudro at redhat.com>
 ofproto/ofproto-dpif-upcall.c | 9 +++++++--
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/ofproto/ofproto-dpif-upcall.c b/ofproto/ofproto-dpif-upcall.c
index 00160e1ee..d26f201f4 100644
--- a/ofproto/ofproto-dpif-upcall.c
+++ b/ofproto/ofproto-dpif-upcall.c
@@ -1621,8 +1621,13 @@ ukey_get_actions(struct udpif_key *ukey, const struct nlattr **actions, size_t *
 static void
 ukey_set_actions(struct udpif_key *ukey, const struct ofpbuf *actions)
-    ovsrcu_postpone(ofpbuf_delete,
-                    ovsrcu_get_protected(struct ofpbuf *, &ukey->actions));
+    struct ofpbuf *old_actions = ovsrcu_get_protected(struct ofpbuf *,
+                                                      &ukey->actions);
+    if (old_actions) {
+        ovsrcu_postpone(ofpbuf_delete, old_actions);
+    }
     ovsrcu_set(&ukey->actions, ofpbuf_clone(actions));

More information about the dev mailing list